The Heller School is home to 11 research institutes and centers specializing in a variety of social policy fields and disciplines. 

Our institutes maintain a portfolio of over $14 million in sponsored research projects, offer opportunities for student employment, provide specialized courses and train doctoral students for research careers. We take great pride in bringing evidence and knowledge to bear on social justice efforts wherever they exist—and wherever they do not. 

We conduct research that empowers others to make evidence-based change based on five key values:

  1. We prize scientific rigor, incorporating it through quantitative and qualitative testing and analysis in an applied context.
  2. We probe new ideas, building on foundational knowledge with bold thinking.
  3. We strive for sustainability, finding solutions that ensure lasting structural change without compromising the wellbeing of future generations.
  4. We build community, recognizing that the inclusion of different perspectives generates better science. 
  5. We are respectful, refusing to impose our ideas on the communities we work with and for.

Our annual research journal: The Heller Social Policy Impact Report

Cover of the 2020 Heller Social Policy Impact Report with coronavirus illustrations

Fall 2020 Issue

As of 2020, the Heller Social Policy Impact Report is published once a year. This report showcases a selection of high-impact research and public engagement from the faculty, researchers and students of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management from July 2019 through June 2020.

Download an accessible PDF of the Fall 2020 Impact Report

Fall 2019 Issue

This issue covers research and related activities conducted from January 1 to July 31, 2019.

Download an accessible PDF of the Fall 2019 Impact Report

Spring 2019 Issue

This issue covers research and related activities conducted from July 1 to December 31, 2018.

Download an accessible PDF of the Spring 2019 Impact Report

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